Is it proper to use the tactics and strategies of the world to accomplish Kingdom goals? How much or how little should biblical considerations enter into decisions in our day-to-day lives? Dr Roberts and Andrea Schwartz. Chalcedon Podcast used with permission.
Andrea Schwartz and Dr Roberts discuss the challenges of determining the true from the false in the areas of knowledge, news and information in our technocratic age. Chalcedon podcast used with permission from the Chalcedon Foundation.
Paul gives a list of virtues that we should look for in people and things. They were common coin from ancient times, so why would Paul steal words from philosophers? It seems Paul wanted firstly to encourage us to look for God's work in this world in the goodness we see, even if these virtues are exhibited in unregenerate people; he wants to prompt us to exceed the world in these virtues; and most especially, he wants us to see how these good qualities are seen in their perfection only in the person of Christ Jesus. Lifting our thoughts above a world of sinfulness, combined with Paul's general teaching about the Son of God, we should be stirred to obedience. In this habit of obedience, we are promised the presence of God.
Chalcedon Podcast (used with permission) with Dr Charles Roberts and Andrea Schwartz. Does the doctrine of the Trinity really matter? What is the "One and the Many" problem and why is it of central importance?
Sermon also includes the reading and exhortation from the Lord's Table liturgy
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
Everyone is someone's disciple. Someone is teaching you. Someone is attempting to remake you in their image. The question is: who?
As a Christian, you need to consider the sources that are instructing you and your children (from church to the media to schooling). Not everyone can be right about the big questions in life, and some sources are outright wrong and depraved. Click to listen to this relevant sermon from Colossians 2.
Is my gift of value to the body? Do you envy others - the beauty of our difference is that we are placed by God where we are & there to serve Him. We are all different and love should bind us together. John illustrates these essential truths from scripture and his own experience in a very personal way. These truths affect all of us & challenge us to use what God has given us however 'insignificant' or prominent everything matters.
Note: more information on the issues in this study can be found in NT Wright's book Surprised by Hope, the book on which some of this material is based. (This is not an endorsement of all of Wright's ideas!)
In contrast to various forms of gnosticism and dualism, as well as the Roman Catholic doctrine of concupiscence, mankind was created 'good', as our material, human bodies are inherently good, with nothing inferior, or to be ashamed of. Here we consider why this is such an important truth to affirm.
Pre-Christ Understanding of the Resurrection;
A Look at Pagan Thinking;
I. Added Definition to the Meaning of the Resurrection;
II. Related Topics Necessary to the Understanding of the Resurrection;
III. Pre-Christ 1st Century Thinking Regarding the Resurrection;
A. Why We Should Look This Far Back and This Broadly;
B. Today: Pagan Thinking About the Resurrection and Related Topics;
C. Next Week: Jewish Thinking About the Resurrection and Related Topics
We have watched with alarm what happens when a nation turns its back on the Lord Jesus Christ as King. In 1976, many celebrated the 200 years of the birth of the United States of America. The central theme of the celebration was the prayer of 2 Chron. 7:14, "If my people who are called by my name would humble themselves, turn from their wicked ways, and pray, then I would hear from heaven and heal their land."
Twenty years, in 1996, later many who were watching the state of our nation were surprised that the separation between the righteous and the wicked had become astounding.
Another twenty years later, in 2016, the righteous were surprised to be called the "deplorables." They were further surprised to see presidential candidates who shared their values replaced by two candidates who appeared to represent the wicked.
As the 2016 election was nearing its conclusion, the Canadian Immigration Website became overloaded with individuals seeking to immigrate to Canada. At the end of the election, the number of groups cheering the opportunity to "Take America Back" was amazing.
But one group absent from the cheering multitude was the voice of Patrick Henry who had called for Jesus Christ to named King of the Colonies instead of King George the third. Psalm 46 is the voice of those who desire to see the United States of America restored to the vision of the Plymouth Colony in 1620.